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What are the two main kinds of surgery for epilepsy?

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There are two main kinds of epilepsy surgery:

Resective surgery. The surgeon will remove the part of your brain that causes the seizures. This surgery is most often done when the part of the brain causing the seizures is very small and has very good boundaries. And this part of the brain doesn't control things like your speech, movement, sight, or hearing.

Disconnective surgery. Instead of removing part of your brain, the surgeon will cut the paths between the nerves in your brain that are involved in your seizures.

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation: “Blood Testing,” “Choosing a First Medicine,” “Drug Interactions,” “How Medicines Work,” “If First Medicine Doesn’t Work,” “Ketogenic Diet,” “Responsive Neurostimulation,” “Seizure and Epilepsy Medicines,” “Stopping Medication,” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS),” “What’s First?”

Medscape: “Epilepsy and Seizures Medication.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Treatment.”

Yale School of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: “How is epilepsy treated?”

UCSF Medical Center: “Epilepsy Treatment.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation: “Blood Testing,” “Choosing a First Medicine,” “Drug Interactions,” “How Medicines Work,” “If First Medicine Doesn’t Work,” “Ketogenic Diet,” “Responsive Neurostimulation,” “Seizure and Epilepsy Medicines,” “Stopping Medication,” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS),” “What’s First?”

Medscape: “Epilepsy and Seizures Medication.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Treatment.”

Yale School of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: “How is epilepsy treated?”

UCSF Medical Center: “Epilepsy Treatment.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

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